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MIAMISPICE RESTAURANT MONTH EXTENDS TO SEPTEMBER,
and some restaurants, like North 110, are even extending their Miami Spice program to Saturdays. In its third consecutive year, the fine dining program MiamiSpice offers specially-priced lunches at $20.04 and dinners for $30.04, excluding tax and gratuities, at more than 50 top restaurants in town. Miami Spice gives diners a chance to sample chic culinary hotspots. For an updated list on participating restaurants and their menu, go to: www.miamirestaurantmonth.com




PESCADO'S WINE DINNERS ARE A BARGAIN. Every last Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., Pescado Restaurant & Lounge is offering a four course Wine Dinner prepared by chef Sean Bernal and paired with different wines. The July dinner, paired with Chilean Wines started off with Fanny Bay Oyster Ceviche with candied sweet potato, followed by a delicious seared Sea Bass over Peruvian potato lobster mash; Grilled churrasco with plantain fu-fu; Seared Duck Breast with duck confit and roasted beets; and was finished with an espresso crème brûlée. (Cost: $55) The next dinner of the series will be paired with California wines. Pescado, Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-443-3474. Cost $65 per person.






LAVISH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BRUNCH AT NIKKI BEACH, SOUTH BEACH
The new Executive Chef Jason McClain at Pearl /Nikki Beach is a breakfast lover who will share his specialties in an à la Carte Brunch, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Brunch menu includes starters from the traditional tropical fruit plate to mixed seafood ceviches with guacamole and yuzu ($11); Maine lobster salad with hearts of palm ($14), and burrata mozzarella ($11), as well as egg dishes ($14) like the trio of Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, Canadian bacon and spinach; strawberry rhubarb pancakes with sausages and ham ($12), French toast with sausages and ham ($12); Cajun Crab cakes with mango avocado salad ($26); Ahi tuna Niçoise ($18); and Australian beef filet with lobster mash potatoes ($28). All desserts and sweets are $12. Penrod's Nikki Beach. One Ocean Drive, South Beach. 305-538-1111.


NEW ORLEANS-STYLE SUNDAY BRUNCH NOW AT EMERIL'S
Emeril's is now offering an à la carte New Orleans-style Sunday Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the traditional brunch and breakfast fare as well as specialties like Eggs Tchoupitoulas with frille;d aspargus, flash-fried spinach and Louisiana Crabmeat Hollandaise ($22); Louisiana crab sweet corn bisque ($7); Creole poached gulf shrimp with remoulade, baby greens and brunoise tomatoes ($9); smoked Gulf Shrimp cakes ($20), and Andouille-crusted red fish ($24). Emeril's at The Loews Miami Beach Hotel. 1601 Collins Ave., South Beach. 305-695-4550.

TASTES OF PAST SPLENDORS AT BISCAYA RESTAURANT, RITZ CARLTON, COCONUT GROVE
where Chef Willis Loughhead is recreating the opulent era of the Hamburg-Amerika Lines when the chef of all chefs Auguste Escoffier delighted first class passengers with his legendary cuisine. This transatlantic cruising is presented as a "dining passport" to two cross continental culinary tours in the restaurant. The first, through October 10, is a series of six 3-course dinners for $48 pp each or $275 for the six that spans cuisines from Italy and France to Thailand and New Zealand ; the second, a fall./winter voyage, October 13 through New Year's Even when Bizcaya presents a grand dinner gala affair in the restaurant and al fresco by a cascading fountain Is a 4-course dinner starting with champagne at $65pp. Or $375 for the series of six. Call: 305-644-4680 or 800-241-3333.


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